Cincinnati Children's Blog

Parents urged to use cribs instead of baby boxes for safe sleep

Baby boxes appear to be the latest trend to promote safe sleep in infants. It’s a cardboard box that serves as a place for a newborn to sleep that comes with some baby necessities and a mattress at the bottom.

The promotion of safe sleep environments is an essential component of any infant mortality reduction strategy, according to James Greenberg, MD, director of neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s and co-founder of Cradle Cincinnati.

“We have limited enthusiasm for the baby boxes because there is limited evidence to support them,” said Greenberg. “Safe sleep ABC’s means that a baby is sleeping Alone, on their Back and in a Crib.”

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